Leonardo DiCaprio Contributes $65,000 to Children of Armenia Fund

Oscar-Winning Actor Purchases $65,000 Joe Bradley Piece at COAF Gala

NEW YORK (A.W.)—Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio bought a work by famed American painter Joe Bradley for $65,000 at the Children of Armenia Fund’s (COAF) charity Gala held on Dec. 9 at Cipriani 42nd Street, reported Page Six.

Leonardo DiCaprio at the premiere of the film 'Shutter Island' at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival. (Photo: Siebbi)
Leonardo DiCaprio at the premiere of the film ‘Shutter Island’ at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival. (Photo: Siebbi)

Tony Shafrazi—a close friend of DiCaprio’s—was the gala’s honorary chair, and Simon de Pury presided over the auction, according to the report.

This year’s 13th annual COAF Gala, which raised over $3 million for the charity, honored Terry George and Dr. Eric Esrailian, the Director and Producer of Survival Pictures’ important new film, “The Promise.” Set in 1914, “The Promise” captures a time when world war was looming and the Ottoman Empire was crumbling, an era that began the decades long degradation of Armenian culture and loss of life.

Thirteen years ago, COAF began a mission to improve Armenian life at the national, local and individual levels. Using education as the springboard to success, COAF found opportunity amidst tragedy, growth amidst destruction and hope amidst a seemingly undefined future. Today, they celebrate the first generation of COAF graduates, a group of healthy, educated, entrepreneurial young adults, who are the promise for Armenia’s future.



  1. Leo DiCaprio’s Gift to Armenian Children of $65,000

    Thank You Our Famous Actor Leonard DiCaprio

    Thank you our Leo, our Lion …
    Great gift for our children
    Who need every cent
    To enjoy their childhood days.

    Thank you our Leo our Lion …
    You proved you love humanity,
    You love Armenians who suffered so much…
    And never begged anyone …

    Thank you our Leo, our Lion …
    Your gift is another
    “Humane Oscar” you won …
    By receiving prayers
    From Armenian children
    For you to enjoy life …
    Wishing you to earn million times…
    More than what you gave to them.

    Sylva Portoian, M.D.
    Written Instantly as usual
    December 14, 2016

  2. Something’s wrong with the headline. How does buying a painting translate to
    “Contributes $65,000 to Children of Armenia Fund”? Unless there were two transactions of 65,000 each, one for the purchase and a second for the gift.

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